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  • The first day of the 48th Conference of Governors/Lt Governors at Rashtrapati Bhavan concluded today (October 12, 2017) with presentations and a discussion on the themes of ‘Higher Education in States’ and ‘Skill Development and Entrepreneurship - Making Youth Employable’. The Minister of HRD, Shri Prakash Javadekar,

  • Shri Mahesh Kumar Gupta, has been appointed as new Member (Engineering) Railway Board and ex officio Secretary to the Government of India to assume charge with effect from 11th October 2017.

  • On the occasion of its 85th anniversary, the Indian Air Force has launched an innovative mobile health App named `MedWatch' in keeping with the Prime Minister's vision of ‘Digital India'.

  • Annual General Body Meeting of AFWWA was held at Air Force Auditorium, Subroto Park, New Delhi on 11 Oct 17, parallel to Air Force Commanders’ Conference.

  • Shri D.K.Gayen, has been appointed as new Member (Staff) Railway Board and ex officio Secretary to the Government of India to assume charge with effect from 11th October 2017.

  • Union Textiles Minister inaugurates IHGF - Delhi Fair Autumn 2017

  • In order to provide relief to old/existing leases of motor vehicles, GST Council in its 22nd Meeting held on the 6th October, 2017 in the national capital took several decisions in respect of motor vehicles purchased and leased prior to 1st July, 2017. These decisions are as given below:-

  • Make in India: Sweden 2017, organized by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion in Stockholm, from October 12-13aims to enhance Indo-Swedish cooperation and explore new areas of partnership.

  • Government of India will commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation, during the period from 2nd October, 2019 to 2nd October, 2020.

  • The 2017 edition of the annual Dilli seminar on ‘India and Southeast Asia – Maritime Trade, Expedition and Civilisation Linkages’ commenced this morning at the Indian Naval Academy (INA).

  • Union Steel Minister Shri. Birender Singh chaired a mid-year review meeting with top management of MECON, a PSU under Ministry of Steel.

  • Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar presented a book “Guru-Sangraha" which is a compilation of convocation addresses given by Shri Pranab Mukherjee to Shri Pranab Mukherjee, former President of India in New Delhi today. The book has been prepared by National Book Trust of India.

  • The Quick Estimates of Index of Industrial Production (IIP) with base 2011-12 for the month of August 2017 have been released by the Central Statistics Office of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. IIP is compiled using data received from 14 source agencies viz. (i) Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP);

  • The Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has revised the Base Year of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from 2010=100 to 2012=100 with effect from the release of indices for the month of January 2015.

  • Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML),a Public Sector Company under the Ministry of Defence and the premier manufacturer of rail products, is participating in the three day International Railway Equipment

  • The term of the Legislative Assembly of Himachal Pradesh is normally due to expire as follows:

  • Local communities have been involved in a major way in the various activities being carried out as part of Paryatan Parv.

  • As a part of the first “Bay of Bengal Initiative For Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Corporation (BIMSTEC), Disaster Management Exercise - 2017

  • Ministry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) & FTAs on e-Tourist Visa on the basis of Nationality-wise, Port-wise data received from Bureau of Immigration (BOI).

  • Land pooling in Delhi, expected to meet the rising demand for residential and other needs besides stimulating economic growth is now further simplified for speedy execution.

  • The Allahabad High Court today acquitted Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the murder of their teenage daughter Aarushi and their domestic help Hemraj in 200...

  • Himachal Pradesh will go to polls on 9th of next month in a single phase. Announcing the poll schedule in New Delhi this evening, Chief Elec...

  • President Ram Nath Kovind today stressed the need to trust citizens more and cited the example of self-attestation of documents required in government...

  • Textiles Minister Smriti Irani today inaugurated the 44th edition of Indian Handicrafts and Gifts (IHGF)-Delhi Fair at India Expo Centre and Mart on the outskirts of Delhi in Greater Noida. Speaking on the occasion Mrs Irani said, that from the implementation of GST throughout corrective measures that are undertaken, the textile ministry has had very productive engagements through which it has managed to provide a lot of ground support and legal and procedural, support to the industry.

  • In Cairo, Hamas and Fatah have signed a reconciliation deal, ending a decade-long rift between the two Palestinian factions.

  • The country's industrial production grew at a nine-month high of four point three percent in August this year.

  • In a relief to former JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar and 14 other students, the Delhi High Court today set aside the disciplinary action taken against them by the university in connection with an event organised there in February last year.

  • African champions Mali have entered the Round of Sixteen in the ongoing FIFA Under-17 World Cup tournament.

  • Jyoti said that all evms will be attached with VVPATs and height of voting compartments will be increased to 30 inches.

    He said Bulk SMSes & voice messages on phone shall also be in purview of election advertisements. He said that with the announcement of election in the state model code of conduct has come into effect.

  • The findings, published in the the New England Journal of Medicine, are based on a study of 1,500 adults that began during the West Africa Ebola outbreak.

    "This clinical trial has yielded valuable information that is essential for the continued development of these two Ebola vaccine candidates and also demonstrates that well- designed, ethically sound clinical research can be conducted during an epidemic," said Anthony S Fauci, Director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

    "A safe and effective vaccine would be a critically important addition to classical public health measures in controlling inevitable future Ebola outbreaks," said Fauci.

    The trial enrolled men and women ages 18 and older with no reported history of Ebola virus disease at Redemption Hospital in Monrovia.

    Three groups of 500 volunteers received one of the vaccine candidates or a placebo (saline injection).

    Participants provided blood samples before vaccination and again at one week, one month, six months and one year post-vaccination.

    Investigators then tested each of these samples for antibodies to the Ebola virus.

  • In his opening address, the President said, Governors and Lt. Governors get a good opportunity to discuss important issues and share experiences from their respective States. He further said Governors play the role of a bridge between the Union Government and States.

    He said that Niti Aayog was set up on the basis of principle of cooperative federalism which has been promoted by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. President also said that the government is working towards making India a prosperous, strong and leading country in the world in field of Science and Information & Technology by year 2022.

    The President said critical milestones and national goals have been set in the context of the completion of 75 years of independence in 2022. This period is only five years away, and the Government of India has resolved to build a society that is safe and secure, prosperous, ensures opportunity for all, and is a leader in science and technology.

    President said that it is essential to link youth with the process of nation building. The future of the country depends on the capacities, moral values and compassion of the younger generation. He said special attention needs to be paid to higher education and skill development at the level of States.

    The President pointed out that 69 per cent of Universities in the country fall under the purview of State Governments, and 94 per cent of all college and university students study in these institutions.

    The President said technology can propel us to reach even difficult and long-term goals, and help ensure access to quality public services for all citizens. He also stressed trusting citizens more and gave the examples of self-attestation of documents by individuals and the easier mechanism for obtaining a passport

  • Researchers from the University of Edinburgh in the UK found that transmitting digital data via LEDs at the same time as using them to generate light does not make the light dimmer or change its colour.

    It also does not make LEDs more energy- hungry. These concerns have held back the more widespread adoption of Light Fidelity, or LiFi, which uses household LEDs to enable data transfer, said Wasiu Popoola of the University of Edinburgh, who led the research.

    However, the findings help eliminate key hurdles to using LEDs to help satisfy the increasing global thirst for wireless communications.

    Preserving the quality of lighting is, in particular, a vital consideration as it can have a major effect on the physical and mental wellbeing of people in both their homes and their workplaces.

    LEDs have secured a huge increase in their share of the worldwide lighting market in recent years, as well as being used extensively in TV and other displays.

    Although it has long been known that LEDs can be 'piggy- backed' to transmit data to and from mobiles, tablets, sensors and other devices, questions have surrounded the ability to do this without affecting LEDs' core capabilities or the money- saving and 'green' benefits that make them so popular.

    Focusing on LEDs producing 'warm white' and 'cool white' light, researchers looked at two different data transmission techniques: on-off keying, where the LED works like Morse code, switching on and off extremely rapidly and imperceptibly to human eyes; and continuous signalling, where imperceptible changes in light intensity are used to achieve the same goal.

    Neither technique was found to significantly reduce the lightbulbs' brightness or their life expectancy, or to cause any significant change in the colour of the light.

    Both techniques also produced only a negligible change in the heat generated by the LEDs - a key consideration as any temperature increase would indicate the LED using more electricity to produce light, making it less energy-efficient and less carbon-friendly.

    "Our ever more connected world will need more bandwidth than the overcrowded Radio Frequency part of the spectrum can provide," said Popoola.

  • Abe's conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior coalition partner Komeito are likely to win around 300 of 465 seats in the October 22 election, according to polls by Kyodo News and the Nikkei business daily. Mass-circulation Yomiuri Shimbun said the LDP could secure a stable majority on its own, without needing its coalition partner.

    A two-thirds majority in parliament would allow Abe to push through an amendment to Japan's pacifist constitution. The hawkish premier has called for changes to the US- imposed law so it can turn its self-defence forces into a full-fledged army. Support for Koike's newly founded Party of Hope, which has transformed Japan's political landscape and swallowed up the main opposition Democratic Party (DP), appears to be deflating, with surveys predicting it might win around 60 seats.

    A new centre-left grouping of DP members that did not jump on the Tokyo governor's bandwagon could clinch 40 seats, according to the Yomiuri survey. After an initial surge of support for Koike, critics say the Tokyo governor has suffered by not running herself in the election, meaning voters for her party are not sure who they are electing as PM. The Asahi Shimbun daily said that Abe also appeared to be gaining from a divided opposition. The 12-day election campaign, which kicked off the day before Wednesday, will focus on reviving Japan's once world- beating economy and tackling the ever-present threat of North Korea, which has threatened to "sink" the country into the sea.

    Abe is seeking a fresh term at the helm of the Asian economic powerhouse and key US ally and unexpectedly called a snap election to capitalise on a weak and fractured opposition. But the media-savvy Koike stole his limelight by launching her party, attacking Abe's government for being too slow to reform the country, which is weighed down by an ageing population, deflation and a huge debt mountain. Abe's trademark 'Abenomics' policy - a vow to kick deflation and achieve two-percent inflation with stable growth - has largely fallen flat.

    Critics say Abe called the early election to divert attention from a string of scandals, including allegations of favouritism to a friend in a business deal - which the Premier strongly denies. Before the campaign kicked off earlier this week, Abe's ruling bloc held a two-thirds majority, with his long-ruling LDP holding 287 seats and Komeito with 35. Abe has said he would step down if his coalition fails to win a simple majority.

  • He was addressing a gathering of bankers as part of a promotion campaign of MUDRA.

    The Minister said the MUDRA scheme was a tool for young entrepreneurs to be empowered to do what they want.

    He added that there is no collateral required to avail the loans and the paper work is also very minimal. According to figures, women have been the main beneficiaries of this scheme.

    Singh asked the bankers to interact with beneficiaries and seek their suggestions, feedback and complaints to ensure that the scheme can be made better with time.

    Singh said that since employment opportunities are limited in the country, the banks should encourage people to widen their scope of work and employ more people to help cut down the unemployment rate.

  • The court granted Kulkarni bail on a bond of Rs 50,000 on the grounds of parity, as several other accused in the case including Lt Col Prasad Purohit, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and retired Army Major Ramesh Upadhyay, have already been given bail.

    Kulkarni, a printing press employee from Bhopal, was arrested soon after the blast. According to the prosecution, he is alleged to have arranged chemicals used in the blast.

    Six persons were killed and nearly 100 injured when a bomb strapped to a motorcycle exploded in Malegaon town of Nashik district on September 29, 2008.

  • The Bombay High Court restrained Maharashtra government from granting permission to hold Bullock cart races till the authorities frame rules governing the activity.

    The court stated that state government had not framed rules to govern the races in line with the amendment to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, it could not grant permission for such races.

    The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiv Sena alliance had introduced bill during a budget session of the Maharshtra legislature to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Maharashtra Amendment) Act to regularise the bullock cart races in the state, which was subsequently passed.

    Bullock cart races were banned in 2014, but the state revived the proposal after Tamil Nadu enacted a law regularising its rural sport “Jalikattu” or taming the bull.

  • Chief Minister, Mukul M Sangma expressed happiness at being able to respond to the need of the area said that an important milestone has been achieved in the crucial Health sector.

    He said that though the State still faces challenges as all developing States, the Government is focused in taking care of all sections of the society specially the vulnerable group, the under privileged, women and children.

    Sangma while highlighting the flagship programmes of the State said, “The government has initiated a number of programmes to address the issues of development disparities”.

    “The hospital will reduce Infant Mortality Rate and Maternal Mortality rate in the area which is quiet high in the district,” he said.

    He also urged the Health department to work upon very comprehensive and practical measures so that preventive medicine and care can be given in new and innovative ways.

    The Maternity and Child Hospital is a project of total 14 crore rupees and 4.5 crore rupees has been sanctioned.

    The hospital in Umniangbrynai, Parila will spread over an area of four acres.

  • Heavy rains lashed swathes of the country this week, with northern Hoa Binh province the hardest hit with 11 dead and 21 missing. "We are mobilising all forces to search for the missing," a disaster official in the province told AFP by phone. At least 37 people were killed across six provinces, Vietnam Disaster Management Authority said, as authorities scrambled to find dozens of people still missing. A journalist from Vietnam News Agency was swept away as an overflowing river cut through a bridge in northern Yen Bai province on Wednesday. Authorities were still looking for him. Images on state media showed people wading through waist-deep waters and tracts of forests wiped out by landslides in several regions.

    At least 18 people were buried in an overnight landslide in Hoa Binh province, with 15 people still missing Thursday, according to state media. A terrified resident described severe flooding in other parts of the province, where a state of emergency was declared. "The flash flood was terrible. Water poured down from the hill, like a surge three metres (10 feet) high. Traffic has been blocked because of the floods," Phan Ba Dien told state- controlled VNExpress news site. Eight people were reported dead in both Nghe An and Thanh Hoa provinces, the disaster agency said, while hundreds of soldiers and militia were deployed for rescue efforts.

    At least 400 millimetres of rain has pounded northern and central Vietnam since Sunday, the disaster agency said. Vietnam has been hard hit by severe weather this year. In September typhoon Doksuri slammed into central Vietnam, killing 11 people and destroying thousands of properties. Nearly 170 people are dead or missing from natural disasters this year, which have caused USD 36 million of damage, according to official figures.

  • The Election Commission is set to announce elections to the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assemblies this evening

    The Election Commission recently visited states to view poll preparedness ahead of the elections.

  • The Academy issued a statement addressing the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein, news of which broke in an New York Times expose and was compounded by a New Yorker investigation, reported Deadline. "The Academy finds the conduct described in the allegations against Harvey Weinstein to be repugnant, abhorrent, and antithetical to the high standards of the Academy and the creative community it represents.

    "The Board of Governors will be holding a special meeting on October 14, to discuss the allegations against Weinstein and any actions warranted by the Academy," the statement read. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts also suspended Weinstein's membership, saying the organisation "considers the reported alleged behaviour completely unacceptable and incompatible with BAFTA's values."

    Only one member has ever been expelled from the 8,427- member Oscars group: Carmine Caridi, an actor with small roles in "The Godfather" series who was ousted in 2004 after violating an agreement to not share awards screeners. Weinstein has distributed five Best Picture winners through Miramax or the Weinstein Co.: "The English Patient" (1996), 1998's "Shakespeare in Love", 2002's "Chicago", 2010's "The King's Speech", and 2011's "The Artist". Slew of celebrities including Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, George Clooney have spoken out against Weinstein in recent days, with Streep calling his alleged behaviour "inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar." Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow are among those who have come forward with their own allegations of misconduct by Weinstein.

  • A navy spokesman said the arrest was made off Mannar basin and the fishermen have been handed over to the Fisheries Department in Jaffna for onward legal action.

    The arrests came few days after ten other fishermen were arrested on Saturday on similar charges.

    With the latest arrests, the total number of Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody has gone up to 47.

    The arrests came even as the meeting of Joint Working group (JWG) to resolve the fishing issue is beginning in New Delhi tomorrow.

    High-level delegation led by Sri Lankan fisheries Minister Mahinda Amarweera is leaving today to participate in the talks.

  • The matter will be discussed in the next meeting of the GST, which will be held on November 9, in Guwahati, Arun Jaitley said, while delivering a lecture at Harvard University.

    "The one sector in India where maximum amount of tax evasion and cash generation takes place and which is still outside the GST is real estate. Some of the states have been pressing for it. I personally believe that there is a strong case to bring real estate into the GST," Finance Minister said, while delivering the 'Annual Mahindra Lecture' on India's tax reforms.

    "In the next meeting itself, we are addressing one of the problem areas or at least (having) discussion (on) it. Some states want, some do not. There are two views. Therefore, by discussion, we would try to reach one view," he said.

    The finance minister said the move would benefit the consumers who will only have to pay one "final tax" on the whole product.

    "As a result, the final tax paid on the whole product in the GST would almost be negligible," he said.

    Jaitley said the reduction in eventual expenditure coupled with incentivising people to enter the tax net may also help reduce the size of "shadow economy".

    A 12 per cent GST is levied on construction of a complex, building, civil structure or intended for sale to a buyer, wholly or partly. However, land and other immovable property have been exempted from GST. On demonetisation, Jaitley said it was a "fundamental reform" which was necessary to transform India into a more tax-compliant society.

    "If you see the long-term impact of it, demonetisation brought in more digitised transactions; it brought the issue to the centerstage. It expanded the individual tax base. It compressed the cash currency by three per cent which was operating in the market," Jaitley said.

    "Those objectives are for the long-term. No doubt there are short-term challenges, but (necessary) for transforming India from a non-compliant to a more compliant society," he said.

    The finance minister said India had historically been one of the least efficient tax system in the world with an extremely small tax base.

    "Frankly, over the last several decades, serious efforts, real efforts to expand this base had not been made. You had marginal efforts," he said, adding that systematic efforts to challenge the "shadow economy" were made only recently.

    "In the last few years, the bulk of the increase in tax payers has not been in terms of number of companies but individuals who are coming into the tax net," he said.

    Jaitley said some people had "misunderstood" the objective of demonetisation "which wasn't to confiscate somebody's currency".

    "Obviously if somebody has currency and deposits in the bank, it does not become lawful holding. They still have to account for it. Therefore, the anonymity which was attached to a cash currency came to an end and that holding got identified," he said.

    "The government was able to trace out about 1.8 million people whose deposits are disproportionate to their normal incomes. And they are all to answerable to the law and pay their taxes," he said. Jaitley is on a week-long stay in the US, during which he will participate in annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank.

  • In this day and age of technological advancement and dependence, arthritis is a common problem, especially with people who are 40 years old and above.

    Arthritis is a degenerative and painful medical condition marked by inflammation in the joints that can lead to pain and stiffness.

    Conventionally, doctors treated arthritis with the use of anti-inflammatory medications as well as painkillers.

    Some medications, however, can lead to side-effects and therefore, naturally approaching its treatment is the way to go now.

  • GST Network (GSTN) said in a statement that as many as 45,99,113 taxpayers have filed their sales return or GSTR-1 for July till Tuesday - the last date for filing the return form. This is lower than 54.78 lakh initial returns for July filed in GSTR-3B form. For August, 47.12 lakh businesses had filed GSTR-3B till Tuesday.

    GSTR-2 or purchase return for July has to be filed by businesses between October 11-31. The matching of GSTR-1 and GSTR-2 will be done in the return form GSTR-3, which is to be filed by November 10.
    Over 33 crore invoices were filed and processed by GST system along with GSTR-1 of July.

    Of this, majority or 24.2 crore were uploaded using Offline Tool developed by GSTN whereas data of 3.26 crore invoices were entered by taxpayers online. Data of around 5.56 crore invoices came through GST Suvidha Providers. The government has already collected over Rs 95,000 crore as GST in July, the first month of roll out of the Goods and Services Tax.

  • "This is a serious, critical, catastrophic event," California fire chief Ken Pimlott told reporters.

    We're not going to be out of the woods for a great number of days to come." Pimlott said that after a respite on Tuesday winds were kicking up again yesterday and the winds and dry conditions were hampering efforts to contain the blazes.

    "We are still impacted by five years of drought," the director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said.

    "These fires were driven by the critically dry fuel bed," he added.

    "We are literally looking at explosive vegetation." Pimlott said the death toll from the fires among the deadliest ever in California had risen to 21 and could be expected to go up further.

    Eleven of the deaths have occurred in Sonoma County, a wine-producing region which has been particularly hard hit, while six people have died in Mendocino County.

    There have been two deaths in Napa County and two in Yuba County.

    Entire neighbourhoods in Santa Rosa, a city of 175,000 which is the county seat of Sonoma County, have been reduced to ashes.

    Thousands of people have been left homeless and 25,000 people have evacuated their homes in Sonoma County alone to escape, according to officials.

    More than 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed including several wineries in Sonoma and Napa counties, the heart of the state's wine production.

    Six hundred people have been reported missing in Sonoma County, but more than half of them have been located, Sheriff Robert Giordano told reporters.

    "There's still 285 on our missing list that we're looking for," he said.

  • The couple were awarded life sentence by a special CBI court in Ghaziabad on November 26, 2013, a day after their conviction. Nupur and Rajesh Talwar are at present serving their sentence in Ghaziabad's Dasna jail.

    A division bench of the high court comprising justices B K Narayana and A K Mishra had reserved its judgement on September 7 on the appeal filed by the dentist couple, fixing October 12 as the date for the verdict. Fourteen-year-old Aarushi was found dead inside her room in the Talwars' Noida residence with her throat slit in May 2008.

    The needle of suspicion had initially moved towards 45- year-old Hemraj, who had gone missing but his body was recovered from the terrace of the house two days later.

    As the Uttar Pradesh Police drew flak over shoddy investigation into the case which was making national headlines, the then chief minister Mayawati handed over the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

  • The asteroid's distance from Earth when it safely passes by on Thursday will be a little over one tenth of the distance to the moon, just above the orbital altitude of communications satellites, NASA said on Wednesday .
    The asteroid, called 2012 TC4, is being used by asteroid trackers around the world to test a coordinated international asteroid warning system designed to locate a real "asteroid-impact threat" one day, NASA said.

    It said amateur astronomers may contribute more observations of TC4 but that the asteroid will be very difficult for backyard astronomers to see because it will not appear very bright and will be moving very fast across the sky.

    TC4 was discovered in 2012 but asteroid-tracking telescopes lost track of it when it traveled beyond their range shortly after it was discovered. Scientists were able to predict from its initial sighting that it would come back into full view in the fall of 2017.
    Its closest approach to Earth will be over Antarctica at 5:42 AM GMT, according to NASA, which added that no known asteroid is currently predicted to impact Earth for the next 100 years.

  • Trudeau joined Trump in the Oval Office at the start of a new round of talks over the North American Free Trade Agreement, which the US president has threatened to withdraw from if he can't negotiate a better agreement with Canada and Mexico. "We're negotiating a NAFTA deal. It's time after all of these years and we'll see what happens. It's possible we won't be able to make a deal and it's possible that we will," Trump said, noting the close relations between the two countries and leaders.

    "We have to protect our workers and in all fairness the prime minister wants to protect Canada and his people also. So we'll see what happens with NAFTA," Trump said, adding that it "has to be fair to both countries." Trudeau, in his brief remarks to reporters in the Oval Office, spoke of the ties that bind the two neighbors and major trading partners.

    "We have an incredibly close relationship. Two countries that are interwoven in our economies and our cultures and our peoples," Trudeau said. "But we have a good partnership ... and that's why having an ongoing constructive relationship between the president and the prime minister is really important." The trade negotiations this week in Washington have gotten off to a rocky start, with the US Chamber of Commerce warning that the Trump administration might be sabotaging the talks with unrealistic proposals. Speaking to reporters at the Canadian Embassy after his meeting, Trudeau told reporters that it was possible to get a "win-win-win" from the negotiations but stressed that Canada was "ready for anything."

    "I think it's been clear that circumstances are often challenging, and we have to be ready for anything -- and we are," Trudeau said. The Canadian prime minister, making his second visit to the White House this year, was also expected to raise the Trump administration's recent decision to hit Canadian manufacturer Bombardier with punishing tariffs on its C Series airliner. US-based Boeing alleges that Bombardier gets unfair subsidies from the Canadian and British governments. Trump, who made trade a key part of his 2016 presidential campaign, has repeatedly criticized Canada, alleging that it unfairly blocks US dairy products and subsidizes its softwood lumber industry. Trudeau is scheduled to visit Mexico today to hold additional discussions on NAFTA.

  • The League had applied for registration with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for recognition as a political party so that it could use the platform to contest elections. The ECP rejected the application after a hearing and asked the party to get clearance from the Interior Ministry which, through a letter, had asked the election commission not to register MML due to its ties to banned terrorist outfits.

    "The Interior Ministry's letter mentions that the MML is backed by banned terrorist outfits," chief election commissioner Sardar Raza Khan said.

    In a detailed letter last month, the ministry advised the ECP to ban the newly formed MML as it was associated with Saeed, who carries a USD 10 million US bounty on his head. Saeed's JuD has already been declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the United States in June 2014.

    During the hearing, the MML lawyer asked the ECP to recognise the party as it has followed all legal procedure while applying for the registration. MML was set up in August and the same month it applied for registration with the ECP, which had sought opinion of the Interior Ministry.

    "There is evidence to substantiate that Lashkar-e-Tayaba (LeT), the JuD and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation are affiliates and ideologically of the same hue and the registration of the MML is not supported," the ministry wrote back to the ECP.
    The ministry also said in the letter quoting an official correspondence of the ECP that MML President Saifullah Khalid has claimed that Saeed and he were ideologically affiliated with each other’s organisations.

  • The fires which have devastated California's wine country are already among the deadliest ever in the western US state and officials warned they expect the toll to go up. Sonoma County, where 11 deaths have been reported, has been among the hardest hit with entire neighborhoods reduced to ashes in the city of Santa Rosa, the county seat of 175,000 people.

    Around 200 people have been reported missing in Sonoma County but the county sheriff's department said it expected that most of them would eventually be located. Thousands of people have been left homeless, according to the authorities, and 25,000 people have evacuated their homes in Sonoma County alone to escape the fast-moving fires.

    The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said today that firefighters were battling 22 wildfires that have burned nearly 170,000 acres (68,800 hectares).

    More than 2,000 homes and businesses have been destroyed including several wineries in Sonoma and Napa counties, the heart of the wine region. Aside from the 11 deaths in Sonoma County, three fatalities have been reported in Mendocino County, two in Napa County and one in Yuba County.

    President Donald Trump has declared a major disaster in California, freeing up federal funding and resources to help fight the fires, and Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in eight counties.

    Strong winds which fueled the fires on Sunday and Monday died down yesterday and officials said they hoped the winds would remain light. "Let's hope for no wind and progress," the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department tweeted.
    Firefighters at the Sonoma strategy briefing were told that winds were forecast to be around five miles per hour during the daytime, the Los Angeles Times said.

    They were expected to pick up to 15 mph (24 kph) in the afternoon and be between 25-30 mph (40-48 kph) overnight. Much of the damage in Santa Rosa could be seen from US Route 101, the north-south highway which runs from California through Oregon to Washington state.

  • Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has vowed to do everything in his power to prevent Catalan secession following a banned referendum in the region, which remains deeply divided over independence. He held an emergency cabinet meeting after Catalonia's president Carles Puigdemont announced that he had accepted the mandate for "Catalonia to become an independent state."

    In a step towards possible action by Madrid, Rajoy asked the Catalan leader to clarify whether he had actually declared independence, which could trigger moves by Madrid to suspend the region's semi-autonomous status.

    The Catalan crisis is Spain's most serious political emergency since its return to democracy four decades ago. World leaders are watching closely and uncertainty over the fate of the region of 7.5 million people has damaged business confidence.

    Puigdemont said the referendum had given him a mandate for independence but immediately asked regional lawmakers to suspend the declaration to allow for negotiations with the central government. Rajoy has said he will not negotiate on anything until the separatists abandon their independence drive, and rejected calls for mediation in the crisis.

    "There is no mediation possible between democratic law and disobedience, illegality," he told parliament. The cabinet agreed "to formally ask the Catalan government to confirm whether it declared independence," he said earlier. "The answer from the Catalan president will determine future events, in the next few days."

    Rajoy could choose to trigger constitution article 155, which allows Madrid to impose control over its devolved regions -- an unprecedented move many fear could lead to unrest. The leader of the opposition Socialist Party, Pedro Sanchez, backed Rajoy's demand for clarification in order to "get out of the swamp".

    He said his party and the government had agreed to "open the road to constitutional reform" in light of the Catalan crisis. The debate would focus on "how Catalonia remains in Spain, and not how it leaves," Sanchez told reporters.

    While separatist leaders say 90 percent of voters opted to split from Spain in the October plebiscite, less than half of the region's eligible voters actually turned out. The drive to break Catalonia away from Spain has raised concern for stability in a European Union still coming to terms with Britain's shock decision to leave the bloc.

    The EU today urged "full respect of the Spanish constitutional order," with European Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis saying the bloc was following developments "closely".

    Crowds of thousands gathered outside the parliament building in Barcelona on Tuesday ahead of Puigdemont's speech, waving Catalan flags and banners and screaming "democracy" in the hope of witnessing history in the making. But reaction among separatists in Catalonia was mixed.

  • The honour of inaugurating this Rs.15 cr, 16 million colour combination new lighting was given to Mahipal Singh, the senior most support staff who joined the Ministry of Home as a daftary in 1975.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and 20 other Cabinet Ministers attended the event including Shri Rajnath Singh, Smt.Nirmala Sitaraman and Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, with whom Shri Mahipal Singh was seated in the front row, with others behind them. After the inauguration, Prime Minister shook hands with Mahipal Singh, who is to retire in 10 days and complimented him.

    A twenty minute live demonstration of new lighting was organized for the Ministers, senior officials of the Government, media and the large number of public who attended the launch.

    Rashtrapati Bhawan located between the North and South Block buildings and overseeing the Rajpath will be covered with similar lighting from the first of January next, which would present a continuous stretch of visual delight.

  • The Centre told the Supreme Court that extensive guidelines on safety and security of children in schools are already in place but proper implementation needs to be ensured. The Centre said that it will also urge states to comply with the guidelines.

    The Centre said that it will ensure proper police verification of teaching and non-teaching staff in schools to check if they have past criminal record. The Supreme Court had asked the Centre as well as states to submit a complete report on existing security norms in schools.

  • Two Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists were eliminated in Hajin area of Bandipora district as a result of a cordon and search operation. Two Garud commandos of the Indian Air Force were also martyred in the exchange.

    The encounter began in the wee hours after the security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Hajin area of Bandipora district in the early hours following information about presence of militants in the area. Forces got a tip off about 2-3 terrorists hiding in the area, militants opened fire on the security forces, triggering a gun battle. Two IAF Garud personnel, who were part of the operation for training and experience purpose, were fatally injured in the exchange of fire. The firing stopped and a search operation was launched thereafter.

    Special Operation Group of J&K police and Army were conducting cordon and search operation.

    General Officer Commanding of the Chinar Corps of the Army Lt General J S Sandhu led officers and other ranks in paying tribute to the slain IAF men. With stepped-up anti-terror operations, the nefarious designs of terrorists have received a serious blow. The security forces have been giving a befitting reply and foiling all attempts to vitiate atmosphere in the state.

    Earlier, the forces killed a top Jaish-e-Muhammad commander Umer Khalid in Ladoora area of Baramullah in north Kashmir. On the same day three Hizb-ul-Mujahideen terrorists were killed in Shopian district of south Kashmir. The elimination of these terrorists is being termed as a big success for security forces.

  • The Council reached a consensus on the reasons for the economic slowdown and the members have decided and identified 10 areas to work for accelerating economic growth and employment over the next 6 months as a major priority area.

    The meet was chaired by Dr Bibek Debroy, chairman of the council and all the members --Dr Surjit Bhalla, Dr Rathin Roy, Dr Ashima Goyal and member secretary Ratan P Watal attended the meet. The meet deliberated on the current economic, fiscal and monetary situation and discussed policy environment.

    The economic advisory council identified 10 themes around which the council report would be structured in coming months. These are economic growth, employment and job creation, informal sector and integration, fiscal framework, monetary policy, public expenditure, Institution of economic governance, agriculture and animal husbandry, patters of consumption and Production and social sector.

    The advisory council also deliberated on effective tracking of key economic parameters. Economy track monitor will be instituted using lead indictors. The council will again meet in November to discuss critical issues with next year's budget in mind. The advisory council also dismissed Bretton Woods institutions' report on the forecast on India's GDP growth. IMF and World Bank have both cut India's projected GDP for 2017.

    The council agreed that a specific issue paper will be brought to address key concerns and linkages will be established with key national institutions. The Council was set up with the approval of the Prime Minister on 26th September 2017. With the constitution of the Council, the Government has set up a unique independent institutional mechanism.

    The council is mandated to analyze all critical issues, economic or otherwise referred to it by the Prime Minister and advising him thereon. It is also required to address issues of macro-economic importance and presenting views thereon.

  • The decision will benefit 7.58 lakh teachers and equivalent academic staff in the 106 Universities / Colleges which are funded by the UGC or the ministry of Human resource development and also 329 Universities which are funded by State Governments and 12,912 Govt. and private aided colleges affiliated to State Public Universities.

    The approved pay scales would be applicable from 1.1.2016. The annual Central financial liability on account of this measure would be about Rs. 9,800 crore.

    Union Cabinet also approved the signing of Memorandum of Cooperation between India and Japan on the Technical Intern Training Program.

    It is an ambitious program to send Indian technical interns to Japan for on the job training for a period of three to five years. It is expected that the MoC will pave the way for bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the area of skill development.

  • They made the cut with two matches still to go in the qualifying round. India competed in the tournament for the first time in 1964, when they finished runners-up. Then they crashed out in the group stage in 1984 and 2011.

    Rowllin Borges opened the scoring with a fine volley in the 28th minute, skipper Sunil Chhetri restored the lead, after the hosts conceded one, with a strike in the 60th minute, while Macau conceded an own goal through defender Lam Seng in the 70th minute to dig their own grave at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium.

    The fourth goal was scored by Jeje Lalpekhlua (90+2) after being assisted by Chhetri. For Macau, Nicholas Tarrao scored in the 37th minute -- their first goal of the qualifying campaign. India topped Group A qualifying round with 12 points from four matches. They play Myanmar on November 24 and Kyrgyzstan on March 27 next year.

    In the 2011 edition that was held in Doha, India lost all their group matches to Australia, South Korea and Bahrain. Borges gave India the lead, but the Indian celebrations did not last long as in the 37th minute, Torres managed to beat goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.

    Chettri knocked in the second goal as India played in the 4-4-2 formation with Balwant Singh and Jeje up front. Holicharan Narzary had moved on the right wing, while Chhetri played on the left. For his goal, Borges fooled the Macanese goalkeeper after he received a pass from Jeje, who had the presence of mind to spot him.

    Before Jeje could set it up, Narayan Das whipped in a low cross on the left. Torrao then stole the ball before it could reach Pritam and and headed it in to draw level. The goal was set up by Chan Chun, who found some space on the right and sent in a beautiful cross. Chhetri put India ahead 2-1 after he capitalised on a sloppy defensive play. Jeje took it in near the halfway line and sent it to Balwant.

    The substitute raced forward before squaring the ball into the box for Chhetri. India were lucky to have got the third strike through a self goal after Lam Seng's attempted clearance turned into disaster as the ball looped over the goalkeeper and went in.

    India were desperate to restore their lead before half- time as coach Stephen Constantine watched the proceedings. At half time, both teams were locked 1-1. Just before the break India were forced to work the ball around, with Macau deploying all 11 players in their own half.

    Playing in rain with puddles of water giving trouble to players, India had two early chances in the second and fourth minutes. First, Anas and Sandesh failed to get a meaningful touch from close range after Eugeneson Lyngdoh floated one.
    On the second occasion, before Chhetri could capitalise on a bouncing ball of a Macanese defender's foot, Ho Fai smothered it.

    Earlier they had beaten Myanmar 1-0, Kyrgyz Republic 1-0 and Macau 2-0. They are yet to concede a goal in the qualifiers.

  • "Hey India, I'm really excited for my debut performance in India. I can't wait to meet all my Indian fans at Time Out 72 this December in Goa," Khalifa said in a statement.

    He will be joining multi-platinum recording artist Jason Derulo and world number one DJ, Martin Garrix. The artiste is best known for his numbers such as 'See You Again', 'Black and Yellow', 'Payphone and Young' and 'Wild & Free'.

    Khalifa, 29, has six solo albums to his credit and has collaborated with acts like The Weeknd, Maroon 5 and Fall Out Boy. "We believe there is a huge market for hip hop and rap which remains neglected in the festival arena.

    Wiz was our number one choice and we are extremely happy to host him in India for the very first time," said Time Out 72 founder Vaishal Shah. The three-day festival, which runs from December 27 to 29, is conceptualised and produced by Waterlemon Events LLP and Sudarshan Entertainment World.

  • The region exhibits dark material that is being eroded from dark layers in the bedrock of a semicircular depression near the boundary of the Southern highlands and the Northern lowlands, NASA researchers said.

    Downslope lineations support the notion that these dark sediments are derived locally, and did not accumulate here by coincidence because of the winds. The grains of sand that make up sand dunes on Earth and Mars have a hazardous existence because of the way that they travel.

    Wind-blown sand is lifted above the surface of each planet before crashing onto the ground and bouncing in a sequence of repeated hops, a process called saltation.

    Sand grains can also roll along the ground as they are blown by the wind, and they are also jostled by other sand gains that are similarly flying across the surface. All of these repeated impacts tend to wear down the sand grains, smoothening them into a more spherical shape and breaking off small fragments that supply the vast dust deposits of Mars.

    This process, known as comminution, ultimately destroys sand grains and limits the length of time that the particles exist. The fact that we see active sand dunes on Mars today requires that sand particles must be resupplied to replace the grains that are lost over time. However, modern day sources of sand on Mars were not known.

  • Citing undue third party interference in the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) affairs, FIFA said in a press release that Pakistan’s membership would remain suspended until the federation's "offices and its accounts remain in control of a court-appointed administrator.

    The decision to suspend Pakistan’s membership was taken by the bureau of the FIFA Council and was implemented immediately. Ironically on the same day, an organiser backed by the court appointed administrator announced that a classic league would be held soon in the country to revive football activities in the country.

    The FIFA Council bureau said that control of the PFF affairs by a court-appointed administrator "constitutes a violation of the PFF obligations to manage its affairs independently and without influence from any third parties in accordance with the FIFA Statutes." However, "the suspension will be lifted once the PFF offices and access to the PFF accounts are returned to the PFF," the FIFA said.

    The suspension of Pakistan’s membership rules out PFF and its associate clubs getting any benefits from any of FIFA or the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) facilities or development and training programmes, with the federation losing all of its membership rights.

    Pakistan football has been in the doldrums since elections of the Punjab Football Association were held in April 2015 after which the PFF split into two factions heading into a presidential poll.

    Both factions claiming victory the matter went to the Lahore High Court which appointed an administrator to run football affairs until the case was decided. But the FIFA has given the faction headed by Saleh Faisal Hayat the mandate to revise statutes and hold fresh elections in two years time.

  • In their first tournament under a new coach, India meant business and found the net in each quarter, twice in the third, to streamroll their less-fancied but tricky opponents. SV Sunil (3rd minute), Lalit Upadhyay (22nd), Ramandeep Singh (33rd) and Harmanpreet Singh (35th and 48th) were on target.

    Japan's lone goal came through Kenji Kitazato's stick in the 4th minute. World No 6 India did not look rusty under their new coach, Marijne Sjoerd, who took charge of the team just last month following the sudden sacking of Roelant Oltmans.

    India were quick to get off the blocks when Sunil, after a fine one-two with Akashdeep Singh, pushed the ball in an open net. But India's joy was shortlived as Japan struck in the next minute through Kitazato's field strike.

    The Indians completely dominated the proceedings and exploited every single bit of space given by the Japanese. They utilised both the wings to perfection to set up their attacks. India got their first of their four penalty corners in the 21st minute but Harmanpreet's flick didn't have enough power to trouble the Japanese citadel.

    An inch perfect scoop from Harmanpreet from the halfway mark found Lalit inside the D and the striker slotted home with a reverse shot after brilliantly controlling the ball. Two minutes into the second half India extended their lead through Ramandeep, who scored a gem with a thundering shot from a tight angle after being set up by Sunil.

    Next it was Harmanpreet's turn to register his name in the scoresheet and the drag-flicker did so by converting India's second penalty corner in the 40th minute. Minutes later, Akashdeep missed a sitter.

    Sunil found an unmarked Akashdeep inside the circle but he hit the ball straight to the pads of the Japanese goalie despite having all the time to find his spot. But soon Harmanpreet made the score line 5-1 in favour of India, scoring with a fine variation from their third penalty corner.

    The Indians couldn't have asked for a better start to the tournament as they showcased near perfect hockey, which was full of short one-two passes, quick turnovers and variations. India earned two more penalty corners in the final minutes of the game but wasted both. Japan too secured two scoring chances in the dying minutes in the form of penalty corners but the Indian defence held fort.

    The Indians will next play hosts Bangladesh in their next Pool A match on Friday.

  • Not many had given India any chance against Colombia after their 0-3 loss to United States in their opening match but the home side put up an inspired performance, showing that the country can compete against the best in the world. Coach Luis Norton de Matos' defensive gameplan was executed to near perfection by his players against Colombia and the tournament debutants would have eked out a win had a bit of luck gone their way.

    Colombia largely dominated the match but as de Matos later asserted, the outcome of that game could have been different had India taken the lead in the first half. It could have happened if Rahul Kannoly's first half stoppage time volley had not hit the post.

    With the expectations now rising, de Matos and his boys would be aiming to show that the performance against Colombia was no fluke and they were worthy competitors in this global showpiece, where they were automatic qualifiers as hosts. But it will not be easy for them as Ghana are the most physical side in the group.

    No doubt, the two-time former champions Ghana will start as clear favourites in final Group A match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Even a win for India, which is unlikely though not improbable, is not expected to take them to the knock-out stage as USA have already booked a round of 16 berth while Colombia and Ghana are on three points each. Without any point so far, India have conceded five goals and scored once to have a goal difference -- which will decide the group rankings if two or more teams have equal points -- of minus four, the least among the four teams in the group.

    With a nearly non-existent youth development system in the country and hence a small pool of talented youngsters, de Matos built a team in seven months after he took charge in March. And from the beginning he has been rightly saying that India have a small chance of winning each of the three group matches.

    Understandably, he had to devise a defensive gameplan and banking on counter-attacks through quick transition to offensive mode. De Matos knows that it is easier said than done with his player lacking in competition experience. He is happy with the game plan but has said that the side needs a lot of improvement in the transitional and attacking aspects. Maintaining the shape in a well-organized formation has been pivotal to his tactics.

    Playing mostly in 4-4-1-1 formation, the Indian team maintained its shape very well throughout the match against Colombia and the little gap between the two defensive lines of back four and midfield four did not give much space to the rival attackers. De Matos is likely to continue with the same strategy against Ghana. If India can go to the breather goal- less just like they did against the Colombians, it will be interesting to see whether he will think of opening up the game and press for goals.

    Goalkepeer Dheeraj Singh has been one of the two best performers for India and he is likely to continue at that position. The other good performer Anwar Ali is expected to marshall the Indian defence along with Namit Deshpande, who started against Colombia, at the center of the back-four.

    Anwar, who has been praised profusely by the USA and Colombian coaches, got a few knocks in the previous match but played the whole 90 minutes without any problem. Boris Singh and Sanjeev Stalin are expected to be in the starting line-up as right and left full-backs respectively. Boris, who returned to the side after missing out the match against USA, did a good job against Colombia and he was the supplier of the Rahul Konnoly volley that thudded the goalpost.

    Stalin was the one who took the corner kick from which Jeakson Singh scored India's first World Cup goal. De Matos has a lot of options in the midfield as he has packed the squad with players who can play in these positions. Defensive midfielder Jeakson is expected to continue in the first eleven as his six feet two inches frame will be needed against a physically superior Ghanaians.

    Ghana, who beat Colombia but lost to USA, would be looking for a win to be assured of an automatic slot in the round of 16 as that will ensure them a top two finish in the group.

    The Teams (From):

    India: Dheeraj Singh, Prabhsukhan Gill, Sunny Dhaliwal, Boris Singh, Jitendra Singh, Anwar Ali, Sanjeev Stalin, Hendry Antonay, Namit Deshpande, Suresh Singh, Ninthoinganba Meetei, Amarjit Singh Kiyam, Abhijit Sarkar, Komal Thatal, Lalengmawia, Jeakson Singh, Nongdamba Naorem, Rahul Kannoly Praveen, Md. Shahjahan, Rahim Ali, Aniket Jadhav.

    Ghana: Ibrahim Danlad, Michael Acquaye, Kwame Aziz, Najeeb Yakubu, Gideon Mensah, Bismark Terry Owusu, Edmund Arko-Mensah, Abdul Razak Yusif, Gideon Acquah, Rashid Alhassan, John Out, Isaac Gyamfi, Gabriel Leveh, Ibrahim Sulley, Mohammed Kudus, Emmanuel Toku, Mohammed Iddriss, Eric Ayiah, Richard Danso, Mohammed Aminu, Ibrahim Sadiq.

  • According to a senior BCCI official privy to the development, the 38-year-old Nehra has intimated his decision to chief coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli. With ICC not slotting any World T20 in 2018, Nehra apparently told the team management that it is only fair that performing juniors have a longer rope.

    It is understood that Nehra won't play even in the Indian Premier League's next season. Making his India debut back in 1999 under Mohammed Azharuddin, Nehra has so far played 17 Tests, 120 ODIs and 26 T20 Internationals for the country. He has picked 44 Test wickets, besides 157 ODI and 34 T20 scalps.

    Nehra was recently picked for the three-match T20 International series against Australia but everyone was surprised when he did not figure in the playing XI for the first two matches.

    The Kotla T20 will give Nehra a chance to finish his injury-plagued career at his home ground. He is best remembered for his 6 for 23 against England at Durban in the 2003 World Cup, a match he played despite being unwell and frequently throwing up in between his overs.

    He was also a part of the 2011 World Cup-winning squad with a match-turning performance in the semi-final against Pakistan. He missed the final due to a finger fracture. It is learnt that a few IPL franchises want Nehra as their bowling coach-cum-mentor as his expertise and knowledge with white ball is considered to be unparalleled.

  • Kher, 62, said he was "deeply humbled and honoured" to be appointed chairman of the "iconic FTII". "I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities," he said in a tweet.

    Kher, a graduate from Delhi's National School of Drama (NSD) who has appeared in over 500 films and many plays, was conferred the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016 for his contribution in the field of cinema and arts. His predecessor, best known for playing Yudhisthir in the TV show Mahabharata, helmed the institute for about two years.

    Chauhan's tenure, which ended in March this year, was marked by a 139-day strike by students protesting what they perceived was a politically-motivated appointment.

    Born on March 7, 1955, in Shimla, Kher completed his education from the D A V School in the city. He has previously held the post of chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification and director of NSD. Considered one of the Hindi film industry's most prolific and versatile actors, Kher made his acting debut in 1982 with "Aagman", but the 1984 Mahesh Bhatt film "Saaransh" was his breakout role.

    Then just 28, Kher played the role of a retired middle class man grappling with his son's death. After "Saaransh", he went on to star opposite many big Bollywood celebrities, including Anil Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar, sometimes as the villain, the comic relief or the friendly father. In 2002, he attempted to become director with "Om Jai Jagadish" but the film was not a success.

    Kher is one of the few Indian actors to have crossed over to international cinema with films such as the 2002 Golden Globe nominated "Bend It Like Beckham", Ang Lee's 2007 Golden Lion-winning "Lust, Caution," and "David O Russell's" 2013 Oscar-winning "Silver Linings Playbook". Kher has also written and starred in a play about his own life called "Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai", which was directed by Feroz Abbas Khan.

  • While defining rape, the Indian Penal Code grants exception to the minimum age of consent if sexual relations are established with a minor wife. The clause has allowed child marriages to take place in huge numbers in the country for the longest possible time. But now, the apex court has said, this won't go on as sexual relations in such marriages will now be treated as rape.

    It is now a crime to have sexual relations with a minor wife. While hearing a matter concerning physical relations with a minor wife the Supreme Court said that if a wife is aged less than 18 years, sex with her will fall in the category of rape.

    According to the apex court,

    • If a minor wife complains against her husband for establishing physical relations, it would be considered rape
    • A rape case would be lodged if the minor complains within one year of the crime
    • The court has read down the exception clause in section 375 of the Indian Penal Code which defines rape
    • The exception clause says sexual relation with wife is not rape if she is not under 15 years old
    • It said the "exception to rape law was arbitrary and violative of the Constitution"

    Minimum age of consent for sex otherwise is 18 years..Voluntary organisation Independent Thought had petitioned the Supreme Court against the exception granted in section 375 of the IPC. It wanted the exemption to be outlawed saying its violative of sections such as 14, 15 and 21 in the Constitution enshrined as fundamental rights. While hearing the matter, the Supreme Court had questioned the govt that if the minimum age of consent is 18 years what the rationale for the exemption is.

    The court said the exception in the rape law was contrary to the philosophy of other statutes and violates the bodily integrity of a girl child.

    The bench clarified that it has not dealt with the issue of marital rape as it was not raised before it by the litigants. The bench comprising Justice Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta also expressed concern over the prevalent practise of child marriage in the country and said social justice laws haven't been implemented in the country in the spirit with which they were enacted by Parliament. The court's decision has been welcomed by several quarters.

    While delivering its verdict, the Supreme Court even rejected the govt's contention that its decision could lead to societal problems. It asked the Centre and the states to take proactive steps to prohibit child marriage across the country.
    The apex court's decision will have a direct bearing on the rampant practice of child marriage in the country as relations between girls aged less than 18 and men aged less than 21 get a legal validity through marriage.

    According to a report, 46% of the women aged between 18 and 29 years are married under the age of 18 years in the country. The court's decision has come when the world is celebrating the day of the girl child. It's verdict has the potential to have far-reaching implications for the country.

  • Roy, who met Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to submit his resignation, said he was quitting with a "heavy heart".

    All should be "comrades in a party and not servants. But the one-man parties do not work like that," the leader, who was once the second-in-command in the TMC after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, said.

    Amid speculation that he would join the BJP, Roy said in 1998 when the TMC had seat sharing arrangement with the saffron party in West Bengal, its leadership had said that BJP is not communal.

    He recalled that he was one of the signatories when the Election Commission had recognised the TMC as a political party.

    Roy was suspended for six years for "anti-party activities" by the TMC following his announcement on September 25 that he would resign from the party after Durga Puja.

  • The bench comprising of Justice Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta also expressed concern over the prevalent practice of child marriage in the country and said social justice laws were not implemented with the spirit with which they have been enacted by Parliament.

  • Unfortunately, two jawans have been martyred in the gunfight.

    Security forces got a tip off about 2-3 terrorists hiding in the area.

    Soon after, the gunbattle ensued and two terrorists were killed. The firing has stopped and a search operation has been launched.

  • Addressing media at Ahmedabad yesterday after reviewing poll preparedness in the state, Chief Election Commissioner A. K. Joti said that Assembly elections in Gujarat are expected to be held during the second half of December 2017.

    Joti said that as the elections will be held with VVPAT - EVMs, some political parties have also demanded to rationalize the time of polling.

  • The Thai word used for death of a monarch means going to heaven, therefore the Royal Crematorium was built to symbolise the place where the revered king's soul is now residing.

    King Bhumibol died last October aged 88 and his body was laid in-state in a gold hall at the palace.

    The royal funeral that will take place starting October 25 will be a mix of Buddhist religious ceremonies and Hindu Brahmin rituals.

    For most Thais, this would be their first experience of a royal funeral for a monarch.

    Builders have been working for months on a royal crematorium that was built from scratch on a field in front of the palace. Soldiers have frequently rehearsed their roles in carrying the royal urn to a chariot and pacing their marches for a royal that would be televised nationwide.

    The funeral will be steeped in ancient Thai traditions as well as the pomp and circumstance that befits a monarch, said Tongthong, but it will also be a very modern funeral with higher participation from the public than for previous Thai kings.

    Many Thais have joined as volunteers to make sandalwood flowers which will be handed out to the public to offer to the king on the cremation day. In Thai tradition, it is believed that the fragrance of sandalwood will lead the soul of the deceased to heaven.

    King Bhumibol, who reigned over the country for 70 years, was widely seen as a father figure and regarded as the nation's moral compass during decades of political turbulence including several coups, bloody street protests and a region-wide 1997/98 financial crisis.

    He was succeeded in December by his only son, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, known as Rama X, who has since overseen a shake-up at the palace to give himself greater authority. A quarter of a million people are expected to attend the cremation, according to the government.

  • Inaugurating the headquarters of the NIA in the National Capital yesterday, the Home Minister said, high quality fake currency notes act as "oxygen for terrorism".

    He further said that no civilised country can accept the rise of terrorism on its soil.

    NIA began a probe into terror activities and flow of funds in June this year and conducted raids at various places.

    The agency has so far arrested 10 people including Altaf Shah alias Fantoosh, son-in-law of pro-Pakistani separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and influential businessman Zahoor Watali.

  • The process of renegotiating the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement has turned increasingly acrimonious. Mexico accuses U.S. President Donald Trump of spoiling for a "protectionist war" with proposals aimed at balancing trade.

    Trump's hardline position did not appear to have wide support ahead of the talks, with many U.S. businesses and farmers lining up to back the existing agreement.

    During his briefing to the Senate, Videgaray also touched on political dialogue in Venezuela. President Nicolas Maduro has announced further talks between his government and the opposition to overcome political deadlock. Los Pinos has traditionally been critical of Maduro but announced it could participate as an observer in dialogue.

    Videgaray also touched on Catalonia, adding that it would not recognise any unilateral declaration of independence from Spain.

    Catalonia's leader on Tuesday balked at making a formal declaration of independence from Spain on Tuesday, calling for talks with Madrid over the region's future in a gesture that eased fears of immediate unrest in the heart of the euro zone.

  • In the footage, a large number of people were seen laying flowers under statues of the state founder Kim Il Sung and late leader Kim Jong Il in show of respect.

    Flower baskets bearing the name of the isolated state's current leader Kim Jong Un were also displayed on Mansu Hill where statues of the two former leaders are located.

    The video also showed North Korea's young men and women dancing in various squares around Pyongyang.

    As tensions remain high on the Korean peninsula since Pyongyang's sixth and largest nuclear test last month, the country seems to be passing its one of most celebrated holidays rather quietly, but diplomats are wary the North could engage in more provocations at any time, especially with China to begin its all-important Communist Party Congress on October 18.

  • The operation was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing’s efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters. But it was not as provocative as previous ones carried out since Trump took office in January.

    The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Chafee, a guided-missile destroyer, carried out normal maneuvering operations that challenged “excessive maritime claims” near the Paracel Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbours.

    Next month, Trump makes his first visit to Asia as President, including a stop in China, which he has been pressuring to do more to rein in North Korea. China is North Korea’s neighbour and biggest trading partner.

    Unlike in August, when a U.S. Navy destroyer came within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, officials said the destroyer on Tuesday sailed close to but not within that range of the islands.

    Twelve nautical miles mark internationally recognized territorial limits. Sailing within that range is meant to show the United States does not recognize territorial claims.

    The Pentagon did not comment directly on the operation, but said the United States carried out regular freedom-of-navigation operations and would continue to do so.

    In the past, China has objected to such U.S. operations, saying they harmed Chinese sovereignty and security.

    China’s claims in the South China Sea, through which about $5 trillion in shipborne trade passes each year are contested by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.

    Experts and some U.S. officials have criticized former President Barack Obama for potentially reinforcing China’s claims by sticking to innocent passage, in which a warship effectively recognized a territorial sea by crossing it speedily without stopping.

    The U.S. military has a long-standing position that its operations are carried out throughout the world, including in areas claimed by allies, and that they are separate from political considerations.

  • FM Arun Jaitley is on a week-long visit to the US to attend the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

    Addressing students of the Columbia University, he said that these are institutional reforms and structural changes and these have put the Indian economy on a far more sound track so that we can look forward for a much cleaner much bigger India economy in the days and years to come.

    He defended the government for maintaining secrecy over demonetisation before its announcement, saying transparency in this case would have been the "greatest instrument of fraud".

  • FM Arun Jaitley is on a week-long visit to the US to attend the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

    Addressing students of the Columbia University, he said that these are institutional reforms and structural changes and these have put the Indian economy on a far more sound track so that we can look forward for a much cleaner much bigger India economy in the days and years to come.

    He defended the government for maintaining secrecy over demonetisation before its announcement, saying transparency in this case would have been the "greatest instrument of fraud".

  • While addressing IAF commanders, she said that budgetary allocations should not be viewed as a constraint and should be looked at to acquire what is absolutely necessary.

    She said the government is committed to fill the gaps which have arisen due to lack of timely decision making in the last decade.

    The IAF has been pressing government to expedite acquisition of combat jets to overcome a shortage. Of a sanctioned strength of 42 squadrons the Air Force has 33 fighter squadrons.

  • Chauhan participated in the padyatra from Mannuthy to Thrissur and addressed public meetings at Wadakkanchery and Thrissur. Attacking the Kerala Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chauhan said that even Vijayan is facing murder allegations.

    Union Minister of State for external affairs, General (Retd.) V. K. Singh also attended the Janraksha Yatra on Tuesday. He said that nearly 250 people have been killed in Kerala owing to political violence in the state. He warned that the BJP will not tolerate any violence for political mileage.

    Union Minster of State for health and family welfare, Ashwini Choubey also led a Janraksha Yatra on Tuesday from Delhi's Arambagh to the CPM office in Gole Market.

    BJP is taking out marches in various parts of the country protesting the killings of BJP and RSS workers and has accused the communist cadre of the violence.

    Meanwhile, politial violence continued unabated in the state. Another BJP worker and auto-rickshaw driver Suresh Sudheesh was attacked in Thalassery in Kannur on Tuesday. He has been admitted to a private hospital. The incident took place near Ponniam bridge in Thalassery.

    BJP has accused CPM workers for the attack. Police is probing the incident.
    Political violence in Kerala dates back to decades.

    Since 2001, at least 120 BJP workers had been killed in the state. Of these 84 were killed in Kannur only. 14 of the killings have been conducted in Pinarai, the home town of Kerala Chief Minister P Vijayan.